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Overcome Indigestion

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Overcome Indigestion

By Shannon Sexton, Yoga+

It isn’t a pleasant scenario: your stomach is upset and it’s telling everyone in the room. You can apply your willpower and ignore it for a while (and hope that the people around you do the same), or you can pop a pill for temporary relief, but sooner or later indigestion will take its toll.

Why? Because, as ayurvedic expert Robert E. Svoboda explains, “Indigestion is the base of all physical disease, the condition from which all other conditions arise.” According to ayurveda, the key to good health is properly functioning agni, which in the form of digestive fire helps us assimilate nutrients and get rid of waste, or ama. Efficient digestion nourishes and sustains every tissue and organ in our bodies. When agni is balanced and strong, we’re blessed with:

• Efficient digestion
• Minimal toxic buildup
• Internal warmth
• Energy and vitality
• Clarity of mind
• Courage
• Robust health

But when agni is weak, digestion is incomplete and leaves behind toxins, which interfere with the flow of blood, lymph, and energy throughout the body. When we’re unable to rid ourselves of these wastes, ama accumulates and leads to disease. Warning signs include:

• Inefficient digestion (bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
• Evidence of toxic buildup (coated tongue, unpleasant body odor, excess mucus, and foul-smelling, cloudy urine)
• Internal coldness
• Low energy
• A dull, forgetful, confused, unfocused mind
• Mental/emotional weakness
• Illness

The truth is, most of us could use a digestive tune-up.

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4:36PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Wow. I for one commonly have digestive problems, espicially gas buildup, this really helped, thanks!

10:16AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thanks for the article.

9:55AM PST on Feb 8, 2013


4:49PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Interesting info, thank you.

4:49PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Interesting info, thank you.

10:45AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thanks for posting.

9:02AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Very interesting.. Thanks

10:42PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thanks for the info, though I'm fortunate to have a well-functioning digestive system ... so far! :-)

2:41PM PST on Jan 31, 2013


8:28AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

If you say so.

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